Wildfire Near Palm Springs Is 'National Priority' | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

NPR : News

Filed Under:

Wildfire Near Palm Springs Is 'National Priority'

As a blaze that's already burned more than 23,000 acres draws within about two miles of Palm Springs, Calif., officials are saying it's atop the U.S. Forest Service's list of wildfires that need to be fought.

"We are the national priority right now," U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Jeanne Pincha-Tulley told reporters Thursday.

Eyder reported earlier Thursday that about 6,000 people in and around the resort town of Idyllwild have already been evacuated because of the fire. The blaze began on Monday. About 3,000 firefighters are now on the scene, and the fire is about 15 percent contained, according to InciWeb. Several homes have been destroyed, but so far there are no reports of deaths or serious injuries.

The Los Angeles Times says "it's unclear if the weather forecast for the next couple of days will help or hurt the cause. Near Idyllwild, temperatures are expected to stay in the 90s through Friday before cooling off. More moisture and possibly rain could help firefighters, but that also means thunderstorms."

Our colleagues at Southern California Public Radio are following the news closely, including on a special "Fire Tracker" Web package. NPR's national "Fire Forecast" interactive graphic is here.

Also Thursday, NPR's Christopher Joyce reported on how: "Wildfires Will Worsen, And Further Strain The Forest Service."

Copyright 2013 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

NPR

'This Fight Begins In The Heart': Reading James Baldwin As Ferguson Seethes

Protests in Ferguson, Mo., continue in response to the shooting of an unarmed black teenager by police on Aug. 9. The incident reminds author Laila Lalami of James Baldwin's Notes of a Native Son.
NPR

Specialty Food And Agriculture Startups Are Ripening In Greece

Sotiris Lymperopoulos left a good job in Athens to collect wild sea greens for upscale restaurants. Food startups like his may be able to generate thousands of new jobs in post-crisis Greece.
NPR

With Ferguson, Obama Forced To Confront Race Yet Again

President Obama's carefully avoided taking sides following the shooting of Missouri teen Michael Brown, disappointing some African-American observers.
NPR

Ex-Microsoft CEO Ballmer Steps Down From Company's Board

Steve Ballmer, 58, on Tuesday resigned from the software giant's board because of other time consuming commitments including his new ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.